Today, Windows Azure Infrastructure Services (IaaS), including Virtual
Machines and Virtual Networking, has reached general availability. These new
services make it possible for you to move your applications into the cloud as
This announcement is a significant step in our cloud computing strategy,
which has been influenced directly by our discussions with customers and
partners around the world. One point holds true in every one of our
discussions with you - the cloud should be an enabler for innovation, and an
extension of your organization’s IT fabric, not just a fancier way to
describe cheap infrastructure and application hosting. This brief video
explains what we mean by extension of your organization’s IT fabric.
You’ve also told us that you don’t want to have to choose either a low
price or good performance; you want a low price and good performance.
As the name implies, what we’re talking about here is the explosion of
electronic data that comes from huge volumes of transactions, devices, and
sensors being captured by businesses today. This data often comes in
unstructured formats and/or too fast for us to effectively process in real
time. Collectively, we call these the 4 big data V’s: Volume, Velocity,
Variety, and Variability. These qualities make this type of data best managed
by NoSQL systems like Hadoop, rather than by conventional Relational Database
Management System (RDBMS).
We know that there are patterns hidden i... (more)
I’ve spent quite a bit of time discussing cloud computing with our
customers lately and the common theme among them all has been “lean”.
Windows Azure can provide some tremendous benefits to nearly every
organization we speak with: operating cost reduction, faster time to market,
scale on demand. It literally can’t get any leaner that this.
The challenge I’m running into is that it’s hard for architects and
developers to get a big picture of the Azure platform and how all the
features can be used together to build solutions. Microsoft is shipping new
services on a quarterly basi... (more)
The public preview of hosted Virtual Machines in Windows Azure is now
available to the general public. This platform preview enables you to
evaluate our new IaaS and Enterprise Networking capabilities. Once you have
registered for the 90 Day Free Trial and created a new account, you can
access the preview directly at this link:
If you’ve been to any of my presentations lately, you’ll know that I’m
fired up about these new offerings. As I’ve worked through some scenarios
for myself and with my customers, I’ve been collecting the re... (more)
Another amazing year for the St. Louis Day of .NET. We set a new attendance
record this weekend with over 1000 attendees. I want to give a big shout out
to the organizers, speakers, and sponsors for the world class experience they
delivered and a HUGE thank you to the attendees, especially those who
attended my sessions and dropped by the booth to meet me and the Polaris
Here are the slides and downloads from my sessions:
Application Architecture Jumpstart
Document download: Patterns & Practices Application Architecture Guide 2.0.
Advanced OOP – Laws, Principles, Idioms